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    I’m interested in how they will run when you get the grinder built. I went with KMG I think. I have 2, 4, 6”.
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    Seeds of some rare Brazilian melocactus species amongst which M. sergipensis and M. heimenii, a newly disovered species. its discovery will be published in June.
    Hope they will germinate well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RezDog View Post
    I’m interested in how they will run when you get the grinder built. I went with KMG I think. I have 2, 4, 6”.
    The prices on the larger wheels are unbelievable, eventually I’ll try some bigger ones from the same seller, but I don’t expect much. They say they’re dynamically balanced when they get 8” and larger. Worst case scenario I can probably have my cousin true them up if they needed any tuning.
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    I'm returning here after a long time away. Never gave up wetshaving, but I did give up straights before I ever learned. I've decided to start over and do 65 straight days of straight shaving (summer break - I'm a teacher) to get my shaving sorted out, and then start diving into honing.

    Here's what's on order:
    Herold 91J paddle strop - will get Herold red and TomoChromo green pastes
    WD Poor Man strop will get Herold black paste
    Tony Miller Vanilla Steerhide strop for linen and leather (already a screaming deal from what I have read, it was on sale for May)
    W&B 5/8+ wedge
    Genco 5/8 full-hollow spike point

    Razors are both coming from a 'Bay seller whose reputation seems very good, and are supposed to be shave ready upon arrival.

    The Poor Man strop was only available in a kit, so I'll also be getting a piece of balsa pasted with red and green pastes as part of that deal.

    I want to make sure everything is assembled ahead of the 25th, which is my first day off from school, and I may in fact do a couple of straight shaves during the final week of school depending on time and circumstance. Regardless, I figure once I'm not working daily, I can take my time with the shaves and they don't have to look perfect for work.

    I'm done reading about hardware for a bit, I think, and ready to start looking at technique for stropping and for the shave itself. I've done it, of course, but not much and not for a long time.

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    Stropping is a paramount skill to master. A wedge and a spike would not be my first choice for learning.
    I am interested in hearing your progress. I like the dedicated time frame concept for learning.
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    I hear you on the blade choices. Way back when I had a Joseph Elliot wedge that I really liked for the short time I was dabbling in straights. The Genco was chosen because it came from the same seller and was full hollow, so opposite end of the spectrum from the wedge, and I know the blades have a good reputation. I will be careful with my stropping; I put a nick in my first strop early on and learned pretty quickly to go slowly and beware of applying pressure.
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    Picked up a couple things on the bay this week, a Filarmonica 13 (which has been on my bucket list since I began SR shaving), and a Gem 1912 (out of curiosity).
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    The Gem razors are pussy cats. I have a couple. Both gifts from friends. Most safety razors are too aggressive for me, but not these.
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    Tom has left me wanting one of these for a while. It needs new strops, at least one new strop. But it came with the old ones for a template. Right when I thought my strop buying was behind me. I am thinking cerium oxide on felt on one side and horse hid on the other. I just need a loom now and I will be done buying strops, no really that will be the last one.
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    How is the black side, Rez? THAT is magical stuff, you know!

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